Critique

In search of ‘English Proust’

Can the Recherche be adapted and remain Proust? And should it really be seen as therapy?

Dread, time and the pandemic

Søren Kierkegaard’s reflections on worry are useful reading for those in lockdown

The healing power of birdsong

The ornithologist W.H. Hudson sought wilderness in the city. It is as if he was writing for us today

Wittgenstein’s self-isolation

“Complete solitude” in a remote Norwegian village led to the most productive time of his life

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan was a writer with a rich hinterland—and an affection for “shockers”

Frayed cassocks

A book by Coleridge published in 1830 offers useful advice for perplexed Anglicans today

Internal adventures

Fans of George Eliot are celebrating her bicentenary

Clubland battle of the bookmen

When a gossip columnist criticised Thackeray, Dickens weighed in to savage his rival

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens
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